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Pushing students to stay connected

Staying connected is easier said than done during this time of remote learning for students and staff. A story in the New York Times shows students that are low-income or in areas where it is hard to connect to the internet are behind in their remote learning assignments if they are doing them at all. After completing its first five days of remote learning last week, Sturgeon Bay School District Superintendent Dan Tjernagel says students struggling when they are in the building are not faring much better now outside of it.

Gibraltar Secondary School Counselor Chelsea Roberts is not doing much better than some of her students, living in a self-described “dead zone” when it comes to her internet and cell phone coverage. Through email, she advised students struggling to reach out and let staff members know if they need anything. She says that “we live in a time where we need to be flexible and understanding. We just need to communicate (even though it’s from a distance) with each other in these times to work through it.” School buildings are closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning remote learning is not going away anytime soon.

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